Charter County Information

In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties.  Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county.  They resemble state or federal constitutions and they must be approved, along with any amendments, by the voters of a county.

According to several Florida constitutional scholars, the establishment of charter government was designed to remove the resolution of local problems from the state legislature's busy agenda and to grant the county electorate greater control over their regional affairs.

To date, there are 20 charter counties in Florida. Collectively these counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.

 

 
Year Charter Adopted
No. of Municipalities
Population (Feb. 2014)
Alachua
1987
9
246,770
Brevard
1994
16
545,625
Broward
1975
31
1,771,099
Charlotte
1986
1
163,357
Clay
1991
4
192,071
Columbia
2002
2
67,729
Duval
1968
5
869,729
Hillsborough
1983
3
1,256,118
Lee
1996
5
638,029
Leon
2002
1
277,670
Miami-Dade
1957
34
2,551,290
Orange
1987
13
1,175,941
Osceola
1992
2
280,866
Palm Beach
1985
38
1,335,415
Pinellas
1980
24
920,381
Polk
1998
17
606,888
Sarasota
1971
4
383,664
Seminole
1989
7
428,104
Volusia
1971
16
497,145
Wakulla
2008
2
30, 771

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